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Alarak Build Guide “The hour of my vengeance has come.”

Last updated on May 17, 2020 at 20:45 by Derenash 34 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Alarak, a Melee Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Alarak's Overview

Alarak is a melee Assassin who controls the battlefield by manipulating the positioning of his enemies. He can sacrifice raw damage for increased utility through Sadism Icon Sadism, allowing him to deal with each challenge differently. Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis allows him to push himself and enemies in any direction, while Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike can render them completely helpless afterward. It is recommended to play him alongside tanks and assassins. He excels at displacing enemies into dangerous positions, enabling easy follow-ups from teammates, securing takedowns. Reliably landing Discord Strike and Telekinesis can be difficult, and requires practice. Putting in the time to get comfortable with these Abilities is essential in leveraging his great potential.

2.

Alarak's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Can Silence enemies often by using Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike
  • +Can reposition enemies or himself with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis
  • +Great potential to setup takedowns
  • +Strong burst damage
  • +Very high skill ceiling
X Weaknesses
  • -Poor waveclear
  • -Cannot solo Mercenary Camps effectively
  • -Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike's delay and shape can make it a relatively difficult skillshot
  • -Difficult to master
3.

Alarak's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Recommended
Level 1 Ruthless Momentum Icon
Level 4 Show of Force Icon
Level 7 Applied Force Icon
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon Deadly Charge Icon ?
Level 13 Pure Malice Icon Rite of Rak'Shir Icon ?
Level 16 Lethal Onslaught Icon Mocking Strikes Icon ? Lightning Barrage Icon ?
Level 20 Deadly Charge Icon Counter-Strike Icon ? Hasty Bargain Icon ?

The Standard Build will enable Alarak to use Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis more often, due to Ruthless Momentum Icon Ruthless Momentum. Show of Force Icon Show of Force enhances your burst damage, facilitating the kill on the displaced target. It will also be slowly empowering your Sadism Icon Sadism, turning Alarak into a real threat. Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike is a good survibability option for him, however, Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can be a good choice for securing kills. Getting the other Heroic Ability at 20 will always be a good choice, but Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain can be excellent in teamfights, if you are comfortable with it.

This build is focused on using Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike and Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge to follow-up Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis whenever you can do so safely. Do not be afraid to combo tanks; with a good follow-up, they may lose most of their health or even get killed by it.

Overwhelming Power Build

Situational
Level 1 Overwhelming Power Icon
Level 4 Show of Force Icon
Level 7 Hindered Motion Icon Dissonance Icon ?
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon Deadly Charge Icon ?
Level 13 Blade of the Highlord Icon Pure Malice Icon ? Rite of Rak'Shir Icon ?
Level 16 Lethal Onslaught Icon Mocking Strikes Icon ?

Overwhelming Power Build shifts Alarak from a burst mage towards a bruiser playstyle, by enhancing his Basic Attacks, self-sustain and crowd control. Differently from the other Talent paths, this builds does not get Applied Force Icon Applied Force at Level 7. Therefore, we do not recommend it against poke compositions or against many ranged assassins, since you will have a hard time hitting combos or delivering Basic Attacks towards them. Despite this weakness, Overwhelming Power Build is excellent when facing melee compositions. Alarak will be able to easily punish those melee Heroes, while also reducing their power due to extra silence or slow provided by his Level 7 Talents.

Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power empowers Basic Attacks and encourages Alarak to be always delivering Basic Attacks after a combo. At Level 7, Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion is the standard Talent, since it will enable you to be constantly attacking the target, getting value from your Level 1 and 16's Talents. However, if you already have a decent way to reduce your enemy's movements in your team, like Jaina or Fenix provide, we recommend going for Dissonance Icon Dissonance instead. Lethal Onslaught Icon Lethal Onslaught at Level 16 will be excellent if you have a good amount of Sadism Icon Sadism stacks, because it will provide more damage and healing from your Basic Attacks, making it easier to maintain your lead. However, Mocking Strikes Icon Mocking Strikes will be a great power spike in fights, since it will provide more combos and crowd control for your team.

Lightning Surge Build

Situational
Level 1 Extended Lightning Icon
Level 4 Negatively Charged Icon
Level 7 Applied Force Icon Dissonance Icon ?
Level 10 Counter-Strike Icon
Level 13 Pure Malice Icon
Level 16 Lightning Barrage Icon
Level 20 Hasty Bargain Icon Last Laugh Icon ?

The Lightning Surge Build is exceptionally good at long range poke, especially against melee-heavy team compositions. Target enemy Heroes behind the enemy frontline whenever possible, to damage as many Heroes with each cast as possible. When you finish stacking Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning, you will be able to slow enemies who are hit by the center of the beam. Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged can be stacked without limit, and is not lost on death. With Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain and clever positioning, you can cast Lightning Surge up to 4 times in quick succession. It is very important to focus on hitting enemy Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge's beam, as many of your Talent investments involve this mechanic.

Unfortunately this build has poor early game, and is very reliant on having many stacks from Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning. We only recommend going for it in Brawls or Braxis Holdout, since those are the only places where you can frequently stack safely without being punished.

4.

Alarak's Synergies and Counters

V Alarak synergizes with

Alarak has terrible waveclear, but excels at displacing enemies, while silencing them. Therefore, Assassins with decent waveclear and good damage to follow his combo are excellent with him, such as Jaina or Raynor. E.T.C. and Garrosh are also decent with Alarak, since their displacement and crowdcontrol are good for following his combo, or to setup for it.

X Alarak is countered by

Alarak is countered by crowd control. Johanna and E.T.C. are a threat, since their stuns will not allow Counter-Strike Icon Counter-Strike or Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to be used, turning him into an easy kill. Medivh is also a nuisance, since his Force of Will Icon Force of Will may protect against Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike, and Poly Bomb Icon Poly Bomb is a great follow up to kill you. Deathwing can ignore Alarak, since he is constantly unstoppable and will not be displaced or silenced.

5.

Alarak's Maps

Alarak's stronger maps
Battlefield of Eternity Towers of Doom
Alarak's average maps
Alterac Pass Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
Alarak's weaker maps
Blackheart's Bay Infernal Shrines Sky Temple

Alarak is not able to deal large amounts of damage to non-Heroic entities during PvE encounters with his Abilities; however, he can be effective during team fights that occur during map objectives. He is better on maps that are oriented around team fighting, rather than those that require strong Minion or Mercenary clearing. Narrow choke points can help him land his Abilities on multiple enemy Heroes at the same time.

Alarak is an excellent pick in Battlefield of Eternity, considering he can use Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to displace enemies into Immortal stun. Be aware this can be done in other maps as well, such as Hanamura Temple, or Tomb of The Spider Queen. You can use it to pull your enemies into Sentinel's AoE slash, or towards Webweavers' Death Wave.

6.

Alarak's Tips and Tricks

  • Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike to Silence and damage your enemies, leaving them vulnerable.
  • You can self cast Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to propel yourself forward, into the direction Alarak is facing. Use this to confirm a kill, or push yourself to safety.
  • Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge has low mana cost, and is a great way to recover small amounts of Health as needed. Always try to hit enemies with the center of its beam for extra damage.
  • Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can be channeled for a small duration, allowing you to use it quickly in a teamfight, but still dealing all the damage. This is recommended to be done when enemies can easily punish you after you dive in, considering you will not lunge to the middle of enemy team by using it quickly.
  • Be aware that you will lose all your Sadism Icon Sadism on death, so even though a game is looking easy, it can easily backfire if you lose your stacks. In many situations it might be better to just abandon allies in a bad situation, instead of trying to help them and risking your own life.
  • Make whatever choices will help you establish dominance; even if that means sacrificing some of Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus damage for utility options.
7.

Alarak's Role in the Current Meta

Alarak works best on a team that can reliably follow up when he forces an enemy out of position or silences them. Alarak forces enemies to respect his area of influence, as getting too close can quickly result in death. His kit is composed of powerful skillshots, which can be extremely rewarding when combinations are executed flawlessly.

Alarak is stronger when close to his team, and should be played following them. He is dependent on stacking his Sadism Icon Sadism, and Show of Force Icon Show of Force or Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged, which is easier to be done against four possible targets, instead of one.

8.

Changelog

  • 17 May 2020 (talents page): Overwhelming Power build added.
  • 07 May 2020 (talents page): Builds and Talent page updated accordingly to May 6th balance patch.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent descriptions updated to better suit current meta.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (this page): Guide updated to better suit current meta.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Updated Role in the Current Meta to include information on current Nexus Anomaly.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (abilities page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 28 Nov. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 30 Aug. 2019 (abilities page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 30 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 30 Aug. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance after balance patch.
  • 24 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance.
  • 24 Aug. 2019 (abilities page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance.
  • 24 Aug. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed to ensure meta relevance.
  • 24 May 2019 (this page): Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 24 May 2019 (talents page): Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 18 Apr. 2019 (this page): Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 18 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Talent descriptions updated to account for Balance Patch.
  • 11 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Tier 1 Talent recommendations updated.
  • 30 Mar. 2019 (talents page): Talents page updated to reflect meta developments.
  • 30 Mar. 2019 (this page): Guide updated to reflect meta developments.
  • 26 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Blade of the Highlord text updated to reflect balance patch, earlier this week.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Extended Lightning text updated.
  • 01 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Text updated for Show of Force's discussion.
  • 31 May 2017 (talents page): Talents page updated following balance patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (abilities page): Abilities page updated following Alarak's rework in D.va's release patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (talents page): Talents page updated following Alarak's rework in D.Va's release patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated following Alarak rework in D.Va's release patch.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added new Double Cross build.
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